Sherlock Holmes Theatre

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , William Gillette , and Yuri Rasovsky
Produced and directed by Yuri Rasovsky
Starring Martin Jarvis , Kristoffer Tabori , and a full cast

4.62 Hours 02/01/2005 audio theater
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Blackstone is pleased to present the first ever audio recordings of the only two Holmes plays written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This specially commissioned production by the Hollywood Theater of the Ear is a unique, must-have audio for all Sherlockians. In Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarity, the Napoleon of crime, plots with would-be blackmailers to have Holmes killed. And the normally love-proof Holmes falls for an exceptional woman. What is the secret of the shocking death of poor Enid’s sister, whose dying words were, “the speckled band”? Only Holmes can find the answer and save a helpless girl from certain death in The Speckled Band. When Holmes retired, it created a financial crisis for his friend Watson, who owes money to mobsters who want either their cash or his blood. The surprising upshot is: Ghastly Double Murder in Famed Detective’s Flat, a one-act comedy by producer-director Yuri Rasovsky, here receiving its audiobook premiere.

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Summary

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Winner of theAudie AwardAudie Award for Audio Drama

Winner of the2006Communicator Award

Blackstone is pleased to present the first ever audio recordings of the only two Holmes plays written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This specially commissioned production by the Hollywood Theater of the Ear is a unique, must-have audio for all Sherlockians.

In Sherlock Holmes, Professor Moriarity, the Napoleon of crime, plots with would-be blackmailers to have Holmes killed. And the normally love-proof Holmes falls for an exceptional woman.

What is the secret of the shocking death of poor Enid’s sister, whose dying words were, “the speckled band”? Only Holmes can find the answer and save a helpless girl from certain death in The Speckled Band.

When Holmes retired, it created a financial crisis for his friend Watson, who owes money to mobsters who want either their cash or his blood. The surprising upshot is: Ghastly Double Murder in Famed Detective’s Flat, a one-act comedy by producer-director Yuri Rasovsky, here receiving its audiobook premiere.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Rasovsky combines a talented cast, spot-on sound effects and a rich musical score to achieve a stunning audio production. Every character, every cast member, every special effect, and every note of music merits applause.” AudioFile
“Harkening back to the Golden Days of Radio, these three audio presentations are outstanding. They are superbly produced, and the voice work by the performers is spot on…‘Ghastly Double Murder in Famed Detective’s Flat’…is an unexpected delight, an uproarious romp in a Sherlockian parallel universe.” ForeWord magazine
“An excellent Holmes radio production…with excellent performances by Martin Jarvis, Kristoffer Tabori, and a full cast. The sound and music are top notch and over all there is so much to like about this performance…[it] takes you back to the days of gaslight and great detective stories!” Leisurebooks.com

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Reviews

by Holly 9/13/2017
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A quick, entertaining listen

I love Sherlock Holmes stories, so I was really excited to see this full cast production with a short original play by Yuri Rasovsky. Overall I was very satisfied. Martin Jarvis as Holmes was particularly entertaining, and I liked the use of sound effects. The stories are read in the order I liked them. There was a lot of action in the first, and you know it’s going to be a good story when Moriarty is involved. My main issue with the second story, “The Speckled Band,” was that one of the female narrators, the voice of Enid, was quite screechy. There was one part of the story where she’s hysterical, and I had to put the audiobook on mute until I thought it had passed. Still, I liked the way they arranged the story, making it a court scene and then later getting to Holmes’ participation.

The third story, the original play, was my least favorite for two reasons: 1.) I’m sort of a traditionalist when it comes to Holmes, and the final story puts Holmes and Watson at odds with each other—very much at odds with each other. 2.) There was really no case to solve. The best part of a Sherlock Holmes story is watching him solve the case. Still, I appreciate the humor and think it was cleverly done. Great narration and clever adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories make this an entertaining listen.

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Author Bio: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was born of Irish parentage in Scotland. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, but he also had a passion for storytelling. His first book introduced that prototype of the modern detective in fiction, Sherlock Holmes. Despite the immense popularity Holmes gained throughout the world, Doyle was not overly fond of the character and preferred to write other stories. Eventually popular demand won out and he continued to satisfy readers with the adventures of the legendary sleuth. He also wrote historical romances and made two essays into pseudoscientific fantasy: The Lost World and The Poison Belt.

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Author Bio: Yuri Rasovsky

Yuri Rasovsky (1944–2012) won wide critical acclaim during his forty-year career as an audio dramatist, writer, producer, and director. His numerous honors included two Peabody Awards, nine Audie Awards, and a Grammy. In 2011, his production for Blackstone, The Mark of Zorro, was nominated for a Grammy. His final production for Blackstone before his death was Die, Snow White! Die, Damn You! He has left behind an incredible legacy.

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Author Bio: William Gillette

William Gillette (1853–1937) was an actor, playwright and stage manager in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is best remembered for his adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 4.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English